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April 3, 1973: First Cell Phone Call, Microsoft Deemed a Monopoly

Motorola Cell Phone

April 3, 1973: The first mobile cell phone call was made

1973 – Martin Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public. Walking down the streets of New York, Cooper – the General Manager of Motorola’s communication system division – talked on the phone. It’s not the first cellular call since car phones have been around before then. The phone is also known as the “Brick” cell phone.

2000 - US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues a forty-three page conclusions of law, ruling that Microsofttried to monopolize the web browser market. The next day, Microsoft stock drops 15% as an aftershock.

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  • Atari declares today Pac Man Day
  • The first Telnet specification
  • IBM introduces the PC Convertable
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April 2, 1987: IBM PS/2 (80386) Released

April 2, 1987: IBM PS/2 released

1987 – IBM releases a flurry of new items on this day. The most notable was the IBM PS/2 – Their first 80386 system using a 3.5 floppy (720kb or 1.44 MB discs), MFM hard drive, PC-DOS and OS/2. Multiple models were released, including the Model 60 (10 MHz 286 processor) and Model 80 ( 20 MHz 386 processor). Hard drives went up to 115 MB and would cost you $6,995 for the basic model, to $10,995.

IBM also introduced the VGA in Model 50, the Multicolor Graphics Array (MCGA), high resolution graphics card for up to 1024×768 in 256 colors – Called the 8514/A and it’s Micro Channel Archetecture (MCA). IBM released PC-DOS 3.3 and their Operating System of OS/2.

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  • Microsoft releases Windows 2.0
  • Intel introduces the Pentium II processor
  • Gary Kopp becomes the first iwin.com Million Dollar winner
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March 21, 1994: Novell Acquires Corel WordPerfect, Quattro Pro

Novell

March 21, 1994: Novell purchases Quattro Pro and WordPerfect

1994- Novell purchases Quattro Pro (spreadsheet program) and WordPerfect (Word document editor) for $145 million. However, the company ended up selling both software programs to Corel in 1996. Corel continues to update and sell WordPerfect Office x6 – with Quattro Pro in the Professional edition.

Wikazine – Full show notes for March 21

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  • The first Twitter post – Just setting up my twttr
  • Hfury
  • Apple TV begins Shipping
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March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeb – First Wiki

WikiWikiWeb

March 16, 1995: WikiWikiWeblaunched

1995- The worlds first Wiki was created as Ward Cunningham invites people to add and edit content. WikiWikiWeb was officially launched on March 25th, as A Wiki is a database that can be a community collaboration. Six years later, Wikipedia is launched.

From: ward
To: stevep
Subject: New Service on PPR
Date: Thursday, March 16, 1995 11:06AM

Steve — I’ve put up a new database on my web server and I’d like you
to take a look. It’s a web of people, projects and patterns accessed
through a cgi-bin script. It has a forms based authoring capability
that doesn’t require familiarity with html. I’d be very pleased if
you would get on and at least enter your name in RecentVisitors. I’m
asking you because I think you might also add some interesting
content. I’m going to advertise this a little more widely in a week
or so. The URL is http://c2.com/cgi-bin/wiki. Thanks and best
regards. — Ward

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  • Wireless Telephone is invented
  • Sci-Fi announces the name change to SyFy
  • Mac OS X Server 1.0
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March 14, 1988: Rick Rolled – Never Gonna Give You Up hits Number 1

Rick Astley

March 14, 1988: Rick Astley hits #1

Happy National Pi Day – The celebration of 3.14

1988 - It’s the song that found it’s rebirth and the term “Rick Rolled” became a urban saying. Of course, we are talking about Rick Astley and the song: Never Gonna Give You Up. It hit #1 on the charts. Of course, it’s internet fame has turned this into a whole new beast.

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  • Microsoft releases XBox in Europe
  • NEC announces they will be getting into the computer market
  • Apple releases the Power Macintosh computer
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March 13, 1986: Microsoft’s Initial Public Stock Offering (IPO)

Microsoft Logo

March 13, 1986: Microsoft gets an IPO

1986-$21.00 a share was the first price for stock in Microsoft. 2.5 million shares were sold, raising the price to 27.75 and netting the company 61 million initially. Since then, the highest it has gone was 57.91 on Dec 24th, 1999. Yet with about 10 stock splits and several dividends in the 24 years, people definitely got their money’s worth. If you would have purchased 100 shares in 1986 and let those shares ride until today, you would have 102,400 shares of stock at appx. $29 a share.

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  • Apple and Bandai demonstrate the Pippin Atmark Multimedia computer
  • JTS sells Atari to HIACXI
  • Jerry Jalava gets the first prothstetic thumb drive
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March 11, 1997: First MP3 Music Player – MPMan

MP3man

March 11, 1997: MP3man Digital Music Player Released

1997 - Although the MP3 player was technically been around since the 80′s, the first Digital Music Player was first introduced. Eiger Labs shows off the MPMan at CeBit. For $250, you get a 32 MB model to hold 8 of your favorite songs. The 1998 release was only shadowed by the Rio PMP300, which overshadowed Eiger Labs.MPMan was manufactured by the South Korean company SaeHan Information Systems, and was the first mass-produced portable solid state digital audio player. It came with a docking station to connect to your computer. The MPMan also has a rechargable battery and only weighed 65 grams.

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  • Apple Macintosh discontinues the Mac IIcx
  • HP acquires TrueLogica
  • iTunes 8.1 is released
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March 9, 1993: PowerOpen Environment

PowerPC Chip

March 9, 1993: The PowerOpen Environment is formed

1993 – The PowerOpen Association is formed to conform to the PowerOpen environment, which is an open standard for running forms of Unix on PowerPC platforms. Apple, IBM, Motorola are all in on this group.

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  • IBM 2260
  • Four-millionth domain name
  • Newscorp says no to counter offer on Yahoo
  • 2008 – Sarah Lacy’s SXSW interview with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
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